Cycling

McQuaid seeks UCI re-election

2013-05-16 12:34
Pat McQuaid (AP)
Aigle - Pat McQuaid will stand for a third term as president of the International Cycling Union after the Swiss federation approved his request to be endorsed.

The Irishman, who is a Swiss resident, gained the required nomination after Cycling Ireland withdrew its backing for his presidential bid last month.

McQuaid's future has been clouded since the US Anti-Doping Agency report last year which led to Lance Armstrong being banned for life from cycling and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. USADA said the UCI helped cover up some suspicious samples from the American.

"It has become clear that my nomination in Ireland has been politicised by a small group of people," McQuaid said on Thursday in a statement.

"However, I have received a wealth of letters from national federations all around the world urging me to stand for president again and I strongly believe that it should be for our national federations around the world to decide democratically on their next president."

McQuaid said he is standing for election on his record of "combating the scourge of doping in cycling."

Swiss Cycling confirmed that its executive board met on Monday to approve McQuaid's application to be endorsed.

"The decision was taken in accordance with the principles of Swiss Cycling to hand a sitting president the opportunity to present himself again for the attention of the delegates for a possible re-election," the cycling body said.

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